Year: 2020

FAQ: What you need to know about Afghan Taliban peace talks

The first-ever talks between the sides follow months of delays and U.S. pressure on both. They’re a key condition of the U.S.-Taliban peace deal, which calls for the full withdrawal of U.S. troops. President Trump, who campaigned on ending the war in Afghanistan, is eager to see progress ahead of elections in November.

Who is participating in the talks?

One of the most discussed concerns going into the negotiations is the relative lack of unity within the team representing the government, civil society and religious institutions outside of Taliban control.

The team, led by former intelligence chief Masoom Stanikzai, is made up of a diverse group of people who have only recently begun working together. Some are government officials; others are members of rival political parties and religious representatives, and most are civil society members. The team includes four women, among them Fawzia Koofi, who survived an assassination attempt last

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The Society, I Am Not Okay With This Both Cancelled at Netflix After 1 Season

A pair of freshmen series has been dropped from Netflix’s lineup — including one that had already scored a second season.

Teen mystery The Society and coming-of-age dramedy I Am Not Okay With This have both been axed at the streamer, according to our sister site Deadline. Netflix confirmed in a statement that the cancellations were swayed by the coronavirus pandemic, which impacted production schedules and budgets on both series.

“We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with second seasons of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This,” the streaming service told Deadline. “We’re disappointed to have to make these decisions due to circumstances created by COVID, and we are grateful to these creators, including: Jonathan Entwistle, Christy Hall, Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry at 21 Laps Entertainment for I Am Not Okay With This; Chris Keyser, Marc Webb and

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Global coronavirus cases see record daily rise as world leaders slammed for sparking Covid ‘world disorder’

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A collective failure by world leaders to heed warnings and prepare for the coronavirus pandemic has transformed “a world at risk” to a “world in disorder”, a damning new report claims.

The review by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) was published just hours after the World Health Organisation reported a record one-day increase in global Covid-19 cases.

The total number of infections rose by 307,930 in just 24 hours on Sunday. Deaths rose by 5,537 to a total of 917,417.

The GPMB said “we are all paying the price” for a lack of financial and political investment in preparedness by heads of state.

“It is not as if the world has lacked the opportunity to take these steps,” it said.

“There have been numerous calls for action over the last decade, yet none has generated the changes needed.”

Coronavirus in numbers: UK death

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Queens Accident Lawyer Elected as a Member of the Touro Law Alumni Association Executive Board – Press Release

Jackson Heights, Queens based K L Sanchez Law Office is pleased to offer their services to those seeking legal consultation for car accidents, construction injuries, workers compensation, criminal cases and more. K L Sanchez Law Office is a local firm that practices personal injury law, workers compensation law, criminal law and immigration law in Jackson Heights, Queens and Bronx, NY. It is run by Keetick Sanchez.

Keetick Sanchez is a Spanish-speaking Queens accident lawyer that serves one of the most diverse communities in the United States. She graduated from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law School in 2016 and has been elected as a member of the Touro Law Alumni Association Executive Board. While in law school, she worked as a trial litigation paralegal for personal injury cases. After she graduated, she became a litigator in a personal injury firm and quickly earned her reputation as a resilient and tenacious

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Between ‘Dividers-In-Chief’ and Dividers-In-Law, By Wole Soyinka

Only then shall we uncover who are the real Dividers-in-Chief? If individual voices rankle, then perhaps it is time to convoke a Nation Survival Conference. Let all sections and group interests place their cards on the table and starkly articulate what we all know and endure on a daily basis, and proffer solutions, debate moves towards a collective – rational and sincere – undertaking of nation formation.

I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo, General, twice former president and co-architect, with other past leaders, of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria. I have no reasons to change my stance on his record. Nonetheless, I embrace the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of this nation from whatever source, as a contraption teetering on the very edge of total collapse. We are close to extinction as a viable comity of peoples, supposedly bound together under

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Afghan-Taliban talks: Government calls for ceasefire

Taliban delegates speak during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar September 12, 2020Image copyright

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The Taliban has sent several delegates to the talks

The Afghan government has called for a humanitarian ceasefire with the Taliban, as the first-ever peace talks between the two sides began in Qatar.

Abdullah Abdullah, who led the government’s delegation, stressed that there was “no winner through war”.

The Taliban did not mention a truce, reiterating instead that Afghanistan should be under Islamic law.

The US encouraged both sides to reach an agreement, telling them: “The entire world wants you to succeed”.

Afghanistan has seen four decades of conflict, with tens of thousands of civilians killed.

The historic talks began on Saturday, one day after the 19th anniversary of the deadly 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks in New York, that led to the US beginning military operations in Afghanistan.

The conflict in Afghanistan has been the longest in US history.

Why are these talks so important?


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‘The Society,’ ‘I Am Not Okay With This’ Canceled at Netflix

“The Society” will not return for a second season as planned at Netflix, while the streamer is also not moving forward with a second season of “I Am Not Okay With This,”  Variety has confirmed.

“I Am Not Okay With This” had been renewed after its first season aired back in February, but its renewal had not been announced. “The Society” had been picked up for a second season last July. The team behind “I Am Not Okay With This” had already begun work on writing a second season.

According to an individual with knowledge of the decisions, both shows were well liked internally at Netflix in addition to the critical acclaim they received upon release, but the plug was pulled on both due to the uncertainty around when they could begin production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic also leading to added budget increases for health and safety

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‘FIA investigates Hamilton for making a political statement’

Lewis Hamilton caused a stir this weekend by wearing a shirt that reads ‘arrest the policemen who killed Breonna Taylor’. The Afro-American woman was killed by police bullets and Hamilton wanted to make a clear statement at Mugello. However, the FIA may not be in favour of this.

Indeed, according to The Daily Mail, the FIA have launched an investigation into Hamilton’s shirt. Drivers and teams are not allowed to make political statements at the circuit. If the text can be seen as a political statement, the 35-year-old Brit will in all likelihood receive a fine.

Hamilton going a little too far

Hamilton is already at the forefront of the fight against racism. Formula 1 has embraced ‘Black Lives Matter’ and also gives drivers the opportunity to draw attention to the subject by kneeling before each

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Soyinka backs Obasanjo, says Nigeria now more divided under Buhari

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has backed claims by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying Nigeria is presently more divided under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that former President Obasanjo last Thursday asserted that the country is slowly becoming a failed state and more divided under the Buhari regime.

He said this while delivering a speech titled, ‘Moving Nigeria Away from Tipping Over’ at a consultative dialogue attended by various socio-cultural groups including Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Northern Elders Forum, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo and Pan Niger Delta Forum.

In response, the Presidency described Obasanjo as a ‘Divider-in-chief.

But Soyinka in an opinion made available to newsmen on Tuesday said, “the nation is divided as never before, and this ripping division has taken place under the policies and conduct of none other than President Buhari.”



I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo, General, twice

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Israeli government to impose second Covid-19 national lockdown

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Israel’s government has decided to impose a lockdown lasting three weeks, local media have reported, a move that would make it the first country to reimpose such severe restrictions on a national scale.

Fearing mass gatherings during a string of national holidays over the next month, the cabinet decided to shut down the country as of Friday, the Jewish new year, until 9 October, according to the Ynet news website and Channel 12 television.

Ministers had been debating on Sunday a proposal that would see a return to full lockdown, with people banned from moving more than 500 metres from their homes, schools and places of worship closed, the private sector at minimum capacity, and all but essential shops shuttered. Under that plan, a gradual loosening of the rules would only be implemented if the rate of infection drops.

While the

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